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Clogged Arteries Pose Different Dangers for Men, Women

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Not all clogged arteries are created equal, with women and men facing different heart risks even when they have the same amount of coronary plaque, a new study suggests.

Analyzing the results of coronary CT angiographies -- non-invasive tests that look for coronary artery blockages -- in 480 patients with acute chest pain, scientists from the Medical University of South Carolina found that the risk of major cardiac events was significantly higher in women...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Not all clogged arteries are created equal, with women and men facing different heart risks even when they have the same amount of coronary plaque, a new study suggests.

Analyzing the results of coronary...

High Doses Of Statins Tied to Less Arterial Plaque

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Two-thirds of patients given high-dose Crestor or Lipitor had reduced buildup in vessel walls

TUESDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of the cholesterol-lowering statins Crestor and Lipitor reduced the amount of plaque in coronary arteries and reversed the progression of coronary artery disease, new research shows.

The study included 1,385 patients who took either 40 milligrams (mg) of Crestor (rosuvastatin) or 80 mg of Lipitor (atorvastatin) daily and were followed for two...

Heart Stress Test Likelier When Doctor Owns Equipment

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But unnecessary procedures might have dropped with recent guidelines, expert said

TUESDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who own equipment for cardiac stress tests are more likely to perform the tests, even when guidelines don't recommend it.

The same was true if the doctor didn't necessarily own the equipment but did interpret the results in his or her own office, according to a study in the Nov. 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The authors of the study...

Scientists ID More Genes Linked to Heart Disease

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Five genes added to the list of many already known to affect risk of coronary artery disease, study says

FRIDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have identified five new genes that play a role in people's risk for heart attack and coronary artery disease -- the most common cause of premature death and disability in the world, according to a new study.

The international consortium said their discovery could help scientists predict coronary artery disease (CAD) and develop new...

Soy May Not Prevent Clogged Arteries

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By Genevra Pittman

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Taking extra soy supplements did not help stave off artery hardening in a new study of postmenopausal women.

But, researchers said, soy showed a possible benefit in young women just a few years after menopause -- warranting more research in that age group.

The findings add to conflicting data about the role of soy in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease.

"I was not surprised" about the lack of a clear...